• Message From the President, David A. Spain, MD

    President’s Perspective


    AAST Statement on Racism

    As surgeons, our duty by oath is to care for all who are sick and injured. Racism is a form of structural violence and a public health issue that is especially harmful to our Black and Brown communities. AAST stands against any and all forms of racism, violence, intolerance, and discrimination. We will continue to support our patients, fellows, and associates by using our voices to amplify and support the health and safety of all races, ethnicities, classifications, and self-identification. We encourage you to listen to your patients, fellow members, and coworkers' experiences during this time and to continue to offer them your support. As an organization, we call on our members to continue our mission to improve the quality of care for EVERY patient by advancing our field through compassion, discovery, and dedication. 


    David A. Spain, MD, FACS

    David L. Gregg, MD Professor/Chief of Acute Care Surgery

    Associate Division Chief of General Surgery

    General Surgery Program Director

    Department of Surgery, Stanford University

    Trauma Medical Director, Stanford Healthcare

    300 Pasteur Dr, H-3641

    Stanford, CA 94305



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